You can indulge for Christmas – but here’s how to eat smart

Here are six holiday tips that can help you avoid packing on pounds while still allowing you to indulge in some festive meals

Racha Adib
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The holidays bring family and friends together often over food. With so many delicious temptations looming around Christmas and New Years and the seasonal parties in between, the holiday isn’t the ideal time to adhere to a strict diet. Nonetheless, if you’re concerned about your weight and your health, learn to make smart food and lifestyle choices this season.

Here are six holiday tips that can help you avoid packing on pounds while still allowing you to indulge in some festive meals:


Exercise it off

Yes you may not have time for your usual exercise routine, but that doesn’t mean spend the entire holiday slouching around. Being active not only helps you lose weight, but also puts you in a mindset to be careful about what you eat. Aim to get some activity done everyday, and it could be as simple as a stroll around the block.

Wear fitted clothes

When you’re cold, wearing a bulky sweater and loose pants and feasting on your holiday treats may sound like a great plan. But if you stick to baggy clothes, you’ll lose sight of the body underneath and the motivation to stay fit. Stick to fitted clothes that will help you keep track of any changes in your body. It’ll also motivate you to lose weight so that you look better in them.

Bring your own treat

If you’re invited to a Christmas dinner, and you’re afraid of bingeing on unhealthy dessert, then bring your own amazing low calorie dessert. You’ll also be contributing something super healthy and thoughtful to the party.

Be a picky eater

With so many options at hand, eat only the food you love. Think of your diet as an expense account, and figure out which food and drinks are worth spending your food allowance on. It’s an opportunity to enjoy your favorite holiday treats that way as well.

Limit food variety

When you eat a little bit of 20 dishes, you’ll end up eating a lot without realizing it.

Variety stimulates appetite reduces satisfaction from food. It’s not your responsibility to eat everything on the buffet table. Scan the buffet table and select two options to eat from. Feel free to reach out for seconds if you’re still hungry.

Load up on veggies

Eating vegetables on every meal helps control your weight. Vegetables are rich in fiber, which helps you stay full, thus limiting your food intake and reducing hunger cues. They’re also quite low in calories, and as a rule of thumb contain 25 calories per cup.

Alternate beverages with water

Whether you’re having an alcoholic beverage, a soda, or juice, alternating each glass with a glass of water will help save calories. Staying hydrated can help you avoid overeating.

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